Phone Booths by Famous Architects (By Famous Architects Series)
2 journalers for this copy...
opportunity knocks on the glass,
you're on the phone for Pete's sake!
It was just too funny a concept. I'm not sure the reality was as funny as the idea of it but it was fun to read their parodies of famous structures. Kind of gives you a new angle to view them from.
But now there is someone else that would like to read it. So off it goes as a trade! :)
Later: Definitely more fun in concept than execution, I'm afraid, though part of that has to do with my ignorance of the styles of a good percentage of the architects selected. I enjoyed the preface - ostensibly by the punnily-pseudonymed "Clare Loose Booth" - which offers a variety of reasons to preserve the now-mostly-vanished phone booths, including "room for superheroes to put on their tights and capes" (this reminded me of the excellent sight-gag in Christopher Reeve's first Superman movie, where - seeking a place to change to his costume - he spies a modern-style pay-phone that's just a shelf, no actual enclosure, does a sad double-take, and moves on). Of the architects, the entries that amused me most included Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe - whose linear style resulted in a phone booth indistinguishable from the classic style; Eero Saarinen, whose Kresge Auditorium at MIT is one of the architectural styles I actually recognized; and Sir Norman Foster, whose phone booth is a standard red UK phone box with a dome on top that's reminiscent either of Foster's work on the Reichstag - or his work on the "Gherkin"...
I also appreciated the "engineer log book" format; each page is carefully numbered as "page X of 64 pages", with a sidebar including space for a revision history. Nice touch!
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